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SLE

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

SLE status is a national designated through the National College for Teaching and Leadership. They are part of the strategy for building capacity for systems leadership and school to school support. SLEs can provide support by acting as system leaders, supporting individual leaders and teams in other schools by using a high level coaching or facilitation approach that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area.

In their own schools SLEs add value through

  • developing coaching and facilitation skills
  • the opportunity to network with peers
  • gaining experience of different school environments
  • the chance to learn from ideas and approaches used in other schools
  • developing skills and knowledge which can benefit their own school

The SLE is role is entering its third year. SLE’s are being deployed into a wide range of schools and leading project work across schools. Outreach work by nature is designed to be reciprocal in its value and the benefits to the SLE professional and personal developments are excellent.

“Being an SLE has got the very best out of my interpersonal skills my emotional intelligence and professional growth. It’s a privilege and a challenge to support fellow colleagues from other schools and has added a real freshness to my career”

“It has been such a privilege to be invited to other schools and work with new professionals. I learn so much on every project”

EKLA SLEs

SLE SpecialismsPhaseSLE
Active & Collaborative Learning Secondary Lucie Turner
Assessment for Learning Secondary James Hopper
Assessment for Learning Secondary James Hopper
  EYS/Primary Adnan Ahmet
CPD Early Years Fiona Ingram
  Secondary Lucie Tuner
Design & Technology Secondary Sonya Cotrell
Early Years Early Years Marion Philpott
Early Years Early Years Marion Philpott
  Early Years Fiona Vail
  Early Years Mags Minter
  Early Years Laura Millum
  Early Years Rachel Kelly
  Early Years Leigh Bryant
  Primary Siobhan Harkins
  EYS/Primary Adnan Ahmet
Educational Visits Secondary Lucie Turner
 English Primary Lynda Prior
Handwriting and EYS Writing Skills Early Years Victoria Palmer
History Secondary Lucie Turner
Independent Learning Secondary James Hopper
Infant Writing (cursive) Early Years Fiona Vail
ITT Secondary Lucie Turner
  Secondary Kylie Farrer
Leadership of Curriculum Early Years Marion Philpott
Maths Secondary John Heffernan
  Early Years Laura Millum
  Early Years Leigh Bryant
MFL Early Years Laura Millum
PE Secondary Kylie Farrer
  Secondary James Hopper
  Early Years & KS2 Fiona Ingram
  Secondary Kylie Farrer
Phonics Early Years Fiona Solly
  Early Years Rachel Kelly
Primary English - Writing and SPaG skills Lynda Prior
  English/writing Adnan Ahmet
Reading Early Years Mags Minter
Teaching & Learning Secondary Lucie Turner
Writing and SPaG skills Primary Lynda Prior
  EYS/Primary Adnan Ahmet

Early Years & Primary

  • Name
    Adnan Ahmet
  • School
    Selling CE Primary School
  • Current Role
    Year 2 teacher/ Assistant Head Teacher/English Coordinator
  • Specialism(s)
    English/ Assessment

Adnan is an Assistant Head Teacher and experienced Year 2 teacher within The Village Academy, which consists of 6 schools across Kent. He is committed to collaborative working, learning and support within the Academy and across other local schools.

As English coordinator, Adnan has been actively involved in designing CPD and support systems to improve the quality of teaching, with a particular focus on improving progress in writing. He has delivered twilight sessions based on effective teaching in this area. In addition, Adnan has been instrumental in developing a robust system of tracking phonics within his school, which has resulted in significant improvements in the end of Year 1 phonics screening results.

In the role of Assistant Head, Adnan is heavily involved in monitoring the quality of teaching and designing specific support plans where necessary, to help continually drive up standards.

For the last 2 years Adnan has worked on behalf of the local authority as a Key Stage 1 moderator, carrying out visits to moderate teacher assessments. An experienced mentor, Adnan is also heavily involved in ITT, with strong links to Canterbury Christ Church University, and is a Professional Tutor and Programme Facilitator with the Brook Learning Trust on their School Direct provision.


  • Name
    Victoria Palmer
  • School
    Herne CE Infant & Nursery School
  • Current Role
    Year 2 Teacher, English Team Member
  • Specialism(s)
    Handwriting and Early Writing Skills

Vicky currently teaches in Year 2 and has previously been a Year 1 teacher working within the new National Curriculum. She has also taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage and has a secure understanding of the curriculum and a child centred approach to learning. It was during her time here that she developed a passion for the teaching of writing and pre-writing skills, including developing handwriting and fine motor skills.

Vicky is also a leading member of the English team, and it is within this role that Vicky has shown a commitment to improving standards and achievement in her current school. She has developed a whole school approach to GPS, marking for improvement and Phonics. Vicky has delivered training for other settings on developing a whole school approach to improving writing and handwriting and county training on handwriting in the new National Curriculum.

Vicky is keen to share her passion and help others to develop their approach to writing and handwriting in their own settings. 


  • Name
    Mags Minter
  • School
    Herne CE Infant & Nursery School
  • Current Role
    Nursery Manager & Teacher - Literacy team member and History/Geography subject leader
  • Specialism(s)
    Early Years, Reading & Phonics
During the past fifteen years, Mags has embraced the Early Years Curriculums and combined them with her beliefs of a child centred, creative and play based learning journey. She has created new and stimulating environments, both inside and out, and used this provision to enhance children’s learning. She has implemented her own planning and assessment templates in the schools she has taught, ensuring progression and coverage. Mags has a particular strength in Child Initiated Play and has improved the structure and application of it throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, with a strong emphasis on the Characteristics of Effective Learning. Mags has successfully supported other schools and colleagues in a range of settings and believes passionately in colleagues supporting each other. Mags is now continuing her own CPD by becoming a Nursery Manager and turning the school based Nursery into a centre of excellence.

  • Name
    Rachel Kelly
  • School
    Joy Lane Primary School
  • Current Role
    Early Years Phase Leader
  • Specialism(s)
    Early Years and Phonics
Rachel has worked across both Early Years and Key Stage 1. She is the Phase Leader for Early Years at Joy Lane Primary School where she leads both Nursery and Reception. Rachel has led whole school CPD and has also supported a GTP Student in Early Years.  She is passionate about the Early Years approach to learning and strives to provide the very best settings for children.  

Rachel also leads Phonics at Joy Lane and has been committed to driving improvements in the subject; this has led to positive results in the Year 1 Phonic Screening Check. Rachel has also been the lead Phonics Tutor for a group of SCITT students across an academy chain during this role she delivered training, team taught and observed and mentored students. 

  • Name
    Fiona Ingram
  • School
    Herne CE Infant and Nursery
  • Current Role
    Year 1 class teacher, PE Coordinator, part-time PE Advisor seconded to HBH
  • Specialism(s)
    PE - Early Years & KS2
As a former AST, Fiona has worked with many schools in different circumstances and considers herself fortunate enough to combine this role with her own class responsibilities. Thus giving her the credibility which is so important with other colleagues.

Recently Fiona has accepted a part-time position to work alongside PE advisors from Herne Bay High School to support local primary schools which is proving to be highly rewarding.  

It is her passion to champion the cause of PE in the Early Years and KS1.

  • Name
    Fiona Vail
  • School
    Herne CE Infant and Nursery
  • Current Role
    Reception year teacher and group leader
  • Specialism(s)
    Early Years
Fiona is an experienced Early Years teacher. She is passionate about early education and has a proven track record for improving standards and achievement in her current school. This has included raising standards in Early Years Literacy, improving the quality and provision of Child Initiated Learning and implementing clear structures for assessment, planning and moderation.

Fiona has provided outreach work for a variety of schools working with both NQT’s and experienced practitioners. She has also delivered training on the statutory requirements of the curriculum and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Fiona has worked as an Early Year’s moderator and has led cluster meetings for schools in the area. 

  • Name
    Laura Millum
  • School
    Joy Lane Primary School
  • Current Role
    Early Years Team Leader & Class Teacher, Nursery Manager, MFL Leader & Maths Leader
  • Specialism(s)
    Early Years
Laura is a Phase Leader for Nursery and The Early Years, and leader for Maths and MFL. 

Laura is instrumental in ensuring that her Pupil Progress Meetings are effective and that her provision mapping is always up to date. She is analytical and knows her data and is able to identify trends and gaps in progress and achievement and subsequently able to put into place an action plan to address concerns. 

Laura has supported the SLT and School Governors in their relentless quest to continue improving the school and has always been a colleague who you know can influence change, see a project through to completion and who is a leader of the highest calibre.     

  • Name
    Lynda Prior
  • School
    Blean Primary School
  • Current Role
    Year 6 Class Teacher and Leader of Writing/SPaG
  • Specialism(s)
    Primary English - focus on writing and SPaG skills
Lynda is a very experienced KS2 teacher, and has taught in Kent for all of her professional life. In her current school, she has been leader of English for several years with a more recent focus on writing and the elements of spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

Working alongside a London based Literacy Consultant, she supported the development of ‘Dramatically Improving Writing’ strategies which rejuvenated the teaching of writing within her school. She has also modelled and embedded a successful whole school approach to the teaching and learning of spelling to further improve this skill within children’s independent writing.

As a newly trained County Visiting Moderator for Writing in KS2, Lynda has a developing knowledge of the writing assessment process. Working closely with other schools in the local EduCant group, Lynda regularly meets with other English leaders where initiatives are shared, developed and trialled. 

Lynda has also completed coaching and mentoring training which she has been able to put into practice to support the professional development of her colleagues. 

  • Name
    Marion Phillpott
  • School
    The Canterbury Primary School
  • Current Role
    Foundation Stage Teacher/Leader
  • Specialism(s)
    Early Years
Marion has 21 years’ of experience working within Early Years.  She is an outstanding practitioner recognised by the LA, Ofsted and the leadership team within her own school.  She strives to bring out the best in all children ensuring they all reach their potential.  

Marion has worked in a school that has historically found itself in category and has now had a positive 4 year upward trend and was recognised by Ofsted as ‘good’ in 2012. This experience has meant that she has worked collaboratively with colleagues towards a vision embracing challenge and change.  

Following many changes and developments in the curriculum she would relish the opportunity to support other colleagues to recognise outstanding EYFS practice. 

  • Name
    Siobhan Harkins
  • School
    Joy Lane Primary School
  • Current Role
    Year 6 Class Teacher / English Leader
  • Specialism(s)
    English

Siobhan is the English leader in a large primary school and has introduced new initiatives that have had a measurable impact on the progress and achievement of all children.

Siobhan has carried out English audits involving book scrutinies and lesson observations, where current Ofsted criteria have been used. She also has experience of analysing and using data to identify in-school or between-school variations and implementing an action plan to address underachievement. 

As a County Visiting Moderator for Writing, Siobhan has a particular knowledge of the writing assessment process and can prioritise key points for development in order to achieve maximum impact. Working closely with other schools in the Coastal Cluster, Siobhan is a dedicated member of the English Network Steering Committee, where strategic decisions are made and initiatives are shared, developed and trialled.


  • Name

    Leigh Bryant

  • School

    Herne Bay Infant School

  • Current Role

    Year R Teacher and Maths Leader

  • Specialism(s)

    Maths and Early Years

Leigh is an experienced teacher who has worked across Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2. She has led both English and Maths and has previously worked as an English AST.  In these roles she has developed planning and monitoring resources to support the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning.  Leigh has worked with the Coastal Alliance Cooperative on numerous projects to ensure consistency in teaching and learning as well as collaborating with other leaders to create innovative resources to support maths home learning. Working within the Alliance she has led moderation across the Primary phase ensuring assessments are agreed, that steps are clearly identified and used consistently.  She has experience in Team Teaching working with colleagues to improve planning and teaching and enjoys being part of the learning journey of improvement.

Her latest focus has been developing the teaching of problem solving and effective questioning. 

Raising expectations to improve standards may sound dry but with Leigh’s enthusiasm colleagues thrive and progress through engaging in an exciting, collegiate process.


  • Name

    Lauren Cooper

  • School

    Canterbury Primary School

  • Current Role

    Year 6 Teacher, Science Co-ordinator, Upper Key Stage 2 leader

  • Specialism(s)

    Science

Lauren is an enthusiastic Upper Key Stage 2 leader and Year 6 teacher, who is always looking for ways to maximise pupils potential. She effectively leads Year 5 and 6, analysing and evaluating the pupils’ and team’s needs. She also works closely with other key stage leaders to ensure consistency in teaching and learning throughout the school.

Lauren’s main passion is teaching science. As science co-ordinator, she has analysed gaps in children’s attainment from Year 1 to Year 6 and lead a project across the school to successfully reduce focus gaps. She worked (and continues to work) closely with colleagues to raise the teaching standards in science and the outcomes of learners. Lauren has ensured that she has supported and developed staff by dedicating time to plan alongside teachers and team-teach with members, where appropriate.

Being part of a wider academy, involving both primary and secondary staff, Lauren has held training to remove barriers to learning and she has been part of the wider academy induction program. She works collaboratively in the academy.

Lauren looks forward to the opportunity to work with others and share her eagerness for teaching science, with children’s progress at the core of teaching and learning. 


  • Name

    Gemma Keeble

  • School

    St Alphege CEI School

  • Current Role

    Nursery Manager, Humanities Lead, Outdoor Learning Lead

  • Specialism(s)

    Early Years

Gemma is currently a Nursery Manager for a Maintained nursery with 12 years experience of setting up and managing school based nurseries, often leading the way such as offering flexible provision and piloting the free for 2 provision among other initiatives. Gemma is also Leader of Outdoor Learning for her School and has had a significant impact on the improvement of provision throughout the early years and is currently driving forward the improvement of outdoor learning for Key Stage 1.

Gemma is passionate about putting children at the centre of her practice and has worked across the Early Years phase. She has previous and current experience of working in Reception and has also achieved Early Years Teacher Status, recognising her as an outstanding early years practitioner.

Gemma thrives on enabling highly engaged and motivated teams. Her strength as a leader is developing self awareness and a high level of autonomy and ownership in others. The impact of this can be seen in colleagues desire to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure improvements can be sustained. This has a significant impact on the experiences and outcomes for children in a rich and enabling environment where practitioners recognise the importance of positive relationships and the impact of quality interactions.


  • Name

    Clare Longhorn

  • School

    Joy Lane Primary School

  • Current Role

    Early Years Teacher/Nursery Manager

  • Specialism(s)

    Early Years, Leadership Curriculum, ITT & NQT development

Clare is an experienced Early Years teacher and she has also worked across Key Stage One. She is currently managing Oyster Bay Nursery at Joy Lane Primary School. During her time teaching within the Early Years, Clare has developed a passion for play-based learning and promoting the positive impact that play can have on a child’s emotional wellbeing, social development and communication and language skills.

Clare has delivered training and parent workshops based on the importance of play and Communication and Language. She has also worked closely with local nurseries and schools to develop and improve transition and consistency in assessment across Early Years settings.

Clare’s calm approach and drive for improvement has been demonstrated in raising the standards of Joy Lane School Nursery; she has trained and managed staff to secure an outstanding judgement from the local authority and a waiting list for the 26 place provision in less than 7 months.


Secondary

  • Name
    Lucie Turner
  • School
    St Anselms School
  • Current Role
    Lead Teacher for Active and Collaborative Learning and Professional Mentor for ITE
  • Specialism(s)
    Teaching and Learning , History, ITT, Continued Professional Development, Collaborative Learning, Educational Visits
Lucie has 16 years’ experience of teaching in Kent having taught in three very different schools across the County.  In her capacity as Lead Teacher for Teaching and Learning she has developed her current School’s CPD provision which has created a Whole School Learning Community. As well as supporting CPD across the East Kent, Lucie supports staff in the delivery of progressive learning strategies.

Lucie has experience of leading two History departments and continues to support her department's development. In addition, she has supported whole school developments in literacy and numeracy and SEND as well as moving teaching from Good to Outstanding. Through her role as Professional Mentor she has developed and sustained a relationship with several ITE institutions and leads a very strong and successful team of subject mentors.

  • Name
    John Heffernan
  • School
    Canterbury Academy
  • Current Role
    SLT
  • Specialism(s)
    Maths
John is a very experienced teacher of mathematics and has worked with a number of secondary schools to help them to improve the quality of teaching and learning and supported heads of mathematics to equip them with the skills that they need to carry out their role. In the last year he has worked with the Kent LEA advisory service to deliver CPD on the new curriculum to primary teachers and has undertaken research for the NCETM into Key Stage 2 to 3 transition practices in mathematics.

John has recently undertaken a new challenge as an assistant area coordinator for the Further Maths Support Programme and will be working with secondary schools in the South East to promote the uptake of mathematics and further maths at A level

  • Name
    James Hooper
  • School
    Herne Bay High School
  • Current Role
    SLE; PE Support Leader; Raising Achievement Coordinator
  • Specialism(s)
    PE, Raising Boys Achievement; Assessment; Independent Learning
James was part of the then new National curriculum (2007) in a PE pilot when starting his teaching career in North London. Since moving to Herne Bay High School, he has gained experience working in a Sports College team and leading key stage 4 PE. Having championed the Kent AfL PE framework, James was designated a lead teacher by the Kent LEA. This has led to James empowering other PE leaders in utilising and adapting assessment methods to meet the needs of the pupils.

James has interests in independent learning and developing a growth mind-set and has led at area training days, devised a workshop for the Youth Sports Trust and has set up a district PE working party.

Recently James has been focusing on strategies to raise boys’ achievement and successes in closing the gender gaps of achievement.

  • Name
    Sonya Cottrell
  • School
    Barton Court Grammar School
  • Current Role
    Director of Learning Technology and Art 
  • Specialism(s)
    Design & Technology
Sonya has been a technology teacher for the last 7 years and a Head of Faculty for 2 years. Within her current role she leads a teaching and learning community where she leads CPD for staff.

Sonya has had a range of different roles within the technology field from when she first trained as a teacher. Her specialism is in Textiles but has taught Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food technology, Catering, and Textiles to GCSE and Textiles and Product Design to A Level. She has also led STEM activities within her current school as well as entering her students into STEM competitions against other schools.                                                                                       

Sonya is very passionate about Technology and would like to see stronger links between primary  and secondary schools.

  • Name
    Kylie Farrer
  • School
    Canterbury Academy
  • Current Role
    Professional Development Coordinator
  • Specialism(s)
    Specialism in ITT and Professional Development
Kylie is currently the Professional Development Co-ordinator at the Canterbury Academy and has a successful track record of working effectively to support and develop UQ, ITT, and NQT colleagues across the Secondary and Primary phases. She is also responsible for developing a well-structured and tailored programme of study for the Academy whole school CPD programme.

Kylie has worked professionally alongside a number of external providers. She is a member of the executive board for KCC and regularly reviews the ITT programmes with a view to further developing and improving provision. She also consults for KCC as a professional tutor, on the School Direct programme. Kylie is also very involved in the EKLA partnership, and has recently been appointed as the EKLA School direct coordinator. 

If you would like to work with one of the team please contact us.

 

Applying to become an SLE

The next application round for SLEs will open in April 2017. 

We are hosting an Information evening, for potential applicants and their headteachers on: 

Wednesday 19th April, 4 pm at Joy Lane Primary School.

If you would like to book a place (s) then please contact us

We will receive applications from 20th April - 2nd May.

Applications will then be shortlisted and successful applicants will be called for interview, currently planned for the week beginning, 12th June - date tbc. 

If successful the core training is currently planned to take place:

Training Day 1 (full day) Wednesday 5th July

Training Day 2 (twilight) Wednesday 12th July

Training Day 3 (twilight) Wednesday 19th July

Please note that as there is no longer an NCTL subsidy for SLEs  schools will be charged £100 pp to cover the interview and core training costs. Therefore, please do not put forward applicants who you are not sure of or who you would be unable to release for future deployments.

EKLA is always looking at ways to increase its capacity. If you have potential applicants who need outreach experience please ask them to contact us so that we can discuss ways in which they can support us.

We are in particular need of colleagues (primary and secondary) who could deliver CPD to local schools, either as twilights or half day conferences. 

We also need additional Early Years colleagues to deliver CPD and provide bespoke support to local nurseries.

Please contact us if you can support.

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